Puigdemont meets with the Sardinian authorities and awaits Aragonès

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The former president of the Generalitat has affirmed that he is already “used to being persecuted by Spain”, after having left the prison in which he had been detained since Thursday.

Carles Puigdemont, today in Sardinia.

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont met today in Alghero with the President of Sardinia, Christian Solinas, and the Mayor of Alghero, Mario Ponoci, awaiting the arrival on the island of the President of the Catalan Government, Pere Aragonès, and the Vice President, Jordi Puigneró.

“I’m used to being persecuted by Spain, but the end is always the same: I am free and I am going to continue fighting, “he said in statements to the media.

Aragonès and Puigneró travel by boat and they were scheduled to arrive in Porto Torres at 12:00 hours, but there has been a delay and communications are complicated because there is no coverage during the journey at sea.

Puigdemont, Aragonés and Puigneró are scheduled to give this afternoon, at 17:30 hours, a walk through the center of Alghero and an hour later the former Catalan president will offer a press conference.

Aragonese Y Puigneró they will meet with Puigdemont to show their support, after being arrested on Thursday on the island by an order from the Spanish Supreme Court, and released on Friday by the Italian Justice.

Puigdemont had traveled to Sardinia to participate in an international meeting organized by the Adifolk association, together with other personalities such as the Minister of Foreign Action of the Generalitat, Victoria Alsina.

Upon his arrival at Alghero airport this Thursday, Puigdemont was detained by the Italian Police and taken to a maximum security prison in Sassari, until on Friday the Court of Appeal of this city allowed him to leave, without precautionary measures or restrictions on the mobility.

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The Italian Justice had to decide whether to validate the detention of the former president and the application or not of precautionary measures, and then the Court will have to determine if there are reasons for his delivery to Spain. For this decision, a first hearing has been set on October 4 in the Sassari Court.

Aragonès celebrated yesterday that Puigdemont could have been released from prison with a message on social networks: “We celebrate that President Puigdemont is released, but we continue to condemn the judicial persecution that has forced him to live in exile for four years.”

Previously, in an appearance at the Palau de la Generalitat together with his advisers, he had warned the Government that the arrest “does not help the process of resolving the political conflict” and does not contribute to generating “trust between the parties.”

The majority forces on the Basque political scene denounced the arrest and expressed their solidarity with him and the Catalan people. The first vice-lehendakari and Basque Government security adviser, Josu Erkoreka, affirmed that Puigdemont’s arrest is the consequence of having “prosecuted a political problem.”



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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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